Jason Peters was not at the NovaCare Complex for the Eagles’ voluntary practice this morning.
Chip Kelly would not offer details, but did not seem overly concerned. Asked if he would have liked Peters to be here, Kelly said, “No, I understand exactly where Jason is.”
Kelly did confirm that Peters’ absence is not injury-related. The All-Pro left tackle is coming off a pair of Achilles’ injuries, but has looked good this offseason.
“I expect him to be here shortly,” Kelly said.
Taking Peters’ place at left tackle with the first team was second-year player Dennis Kelly. Meanwhile, first-round pick Lane Johnson saw his first action with the starters, lining up at right tackle.
Another absence from practice was safety Kenny Phillips. Phillips is at the NovaCare Complex, but was not on the field. Kelly said he spent the session in the training room.
Asked if Phillips had an injury, Kelly said, “Yeah, he’s had an injury for a couple years now.”
Phillips missed nine games last year with an MCL sprain in his right knee. He also had major surgery on his left knee in 2009.
The Eagles signed Phillips this offseason, but according to various reports, his contract did not include any guaranteed money.
Phillips had been practicing prior to today, mostly with the second team.
Much more to come from practice.